Friday, July 31, 2009

The Widow's Coin

Readers might recall Adolf has been trying to help an Indo-Fijian family gain residency in NZ. A delightful and scrupulously honest couple with two young boys. They have not worked for six months and have little money left.

Last week saw two starkly contrasting episodes.

First, Adolf was recommended to a lawyer who specialises in immigration appeals on humanitarian grounds. This lawyer was an Indo herself, not listed in the phone book and conversing only by e-mail. She might as well have been a blogger. Adolf briefly explained the background and asked for some initial guidance as to the likely costs of an appeal. Not a quote, not an estimate, just a vague indication. Would my friend be facing a bill of say $5k or might it be $25k.

The dozy bitch went on and on about how she did not give quotes and she would need to first read the file and blah blah blah. Adolf politely told her to **** off.

A phone call to the Law Society elicited the name and number of one Simon Laurent, who practices in Down Town Kandahar. Mr Laurent was superb. He listened carefully, phoned Murray McCully's office to establish the facts of the case and called me back. Unfortunately he is unable to assist as in his opinion it is too late to launch such an appeal. No fees charged.

My friends are extremely grateful for now they know reliably where they stand. Well done Simon Laurent. I hope this blog post brings you some new business.

The other episode occurred earlier in the week. Adolf and The Cook were arguing in the kitchen about how to boil water when there was a loud knock at the front door.

There was Mr Patel from next door. He held out a large stainless steel platter with assorted Indo type delicacies. "Hello My Adolf. Today is our Buddhist festival and we want to bring you this food." Adolf was stuck for words and managed to blurt out 'Thank you. Thank you very much."

I was reminded immediately of this story.

41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,a]">[a]worth only a fraction of a penny.b]">[b]

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

Yesterday, Adolf and Cook visited Mr and Mrs Patel to return their platter. On it were lashings of hot freshly carved roast lamb, green peas, new potatoes, mint sauce and gravy.

If their appeal to Associate Minister Wilkinson turns out to be unsuccessful and they have to return to Fiji, at least they will be able to say they have experienced New Zealand's national dish.

(BTW I had forewarned them earlier in the day not to prepare an evening meal.)


muz said...

Why didn't you try shane or cunliff(silent t) at least for a quote

alex Masterley said...

I know Simon.
He's a good guy. Bet you didn't realise that he is functionally blind!

Falafulu Fisi said...

Yum! That roast meat is just enough for my meal alone. Hehe, I usually cook 2 roasts of that size in which one for me and the other for the rest.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Fulafula, that did us for our dinner as well and cold meat sammies for lunch today.

Actually the picture was out of google images because I haven't yet figured out how to do pictures with my phone. I'm just a pakeha porangi who thinks a telephone is for talking.

Anonymous said...

Well done Adolf. Family and community is wheres it at.

ZenTiger said...


Weren't vegetarian too by any chance? If so, very polite and hungry ones :-)

Anonymous said...

Check out Simon Laurent's web site

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Zen, Hindu. Don't eat cows or pigs.